An estimated 2 million to 2.5 million French expatriates registered on the register of the French consulate abroad. In reality this figure is higher if you add up the non-registered people, to get closer to the 3 million French expatriates. More generally, as many as 230 million people living in a country other than their own, figures from a recent study show that expatriation is part of the normal mobility landscape. If you too are on the move, that expatriation tempts you but you do not dare to cross the line, then we give you 10 good reasons that may help you make up your mind.
adîtrise a foreign language
“Current English”: who hasn’t dreamed of writing this mention on their CV and that’s true? And yes, French and languages don’t mix. So, a lot of people write down “common English” without necessarily managing a conversation.
With an expatriation, the question will no longer arise. It’san opportunity to work and perfect a foreign language,if not several. Depending on the country, you can learn the local language (an obligation if you want to integrate) and English, which remains the most spoken language in the world, whether with your professional life or by meeting other foreign expatriates. If you really want to progress, a piece of advice: don’t stay only between French.
Power your CV
We were talking about it at the previous point, the foreign language is already a plus on your CV. But experience in itself is a professional enrichment and it says a lot about your personality. This shows that you are mobile, open-minded, that change does not scare you,qualities highly sought after by recruiters.
Seizing new business opportunities
Employment is not looking good in France at the moment and some countries offer more chances to prove themselves to people with atypical backgrounds, or simply too young to access positions of responsibility in France, but willing to invest fully in their work. If you are unemployed, or a recent graduate, then going abroad can make it easier for you to find a job.
If it is your employer who offers to move abroad for work, it is probably to offer you a position with more responsibilities or to evolve in the hierarchy. Jump at the chance! Refuse would be to miss an incredible opportunity to accelerate your career.
A more attractive salary
If you have the opportunity to leave as an expatriate for your business, then you will surely benefit from a very comfortable salary in addition to on-site accommodation.
If you are leaving for personal and professional experience, you may have the opportunity to find a better paid job, but check the cost of living in the country before embarking on your project headlong. Consider taking into account the cost of rent and housing which in some countries are higher than in France.
Opening up to new cultures
When you go abroad, you’ll discover a whole new culture!
Starting with the language, history, customs, food and manners of the chosen country. It is an opportunity to open a new eye on the world, to understand situations differently. You will surely have new experiences that will open up new horizons and change your approach to certain situations.
People won’t necessarily think the same way you do. Being open will allow you to better understand this new culture and adapt better.
Towards a better quality of life
If you find that your life is at 100 an hour, that you feel like you are enjoying nothing, that you are not being fulfilled in your current life. Individualism, lack of exchange and sharing: all this weighs on you. The frantic life of the big cities no longer suits you. Maybe you just have to move to another region, but it may also be abroad that you find your happiness, expatriation can give you a taste for small pleasures. If it’s not about idealizing the country of your dreams, it may be more right for you.
Changing landscape and climate
Find the pleasure of activities after your work day: surfing, sports, beach… Why not treat yourself to the opportunity of a year-round holiday life?
The living environment and the weather play a lot on morale. The problems of everyday life will be erased more quickly if behind you have an idyllic life: sun, nature. On the other hand, sometimes what we have idealized all his life turns out not to correspond to us. So, analyze what your priorities are before choosing your destination. Expatriation is not an innocuous decision that is made overnight.
Opening the mind to your children
We talk about enrichment for you but if you have a family, it is an opportunity for your children to enjoy this cultural mix, to learn several languages. This experience they will have in another country will allow them an open mind that will serve them for the rest of their lives.
Only the return to France can be difficult, being cut off from friends on the spot even if today the many instant messengers allow to keep a quick contact with the whole world.
Meet new people
Leaving is necessarily making new friends. It is an opportunity to exchange, learn and enrich oneself with the other. Whether it’s with local people or foreign expatriates, the more open and sociable you are, the more you’ll make new friends. Arriving in a new country will inevitably push you to be more open.
On the other hand, you will also learn to go out alone because you will necessarily have evenings where you will not know what to do. It’s another way to discover the places and finally meet people too.
Turning his routine upside down
Even if everyone says “run away,” a routine always sets in. It’s not necessarily negative but it’s a comfort of life in which you delight. So don’t wait too long before you shake up your daily life. Taking a step back from your life and moving away from it for a new experience will only be more rewarding for you.
All of these are real reasons to move abroad, but decision-making needs to be carefully considered. Expatriation is also a risk-taking point, so it’s up to you to be prepared for it. Also remember that for a successful expatriation, it is essential to take out international health insurance.